India is the hardest place on earth for any opponent to win: Justin Langer

Justin Langer (L) talks to Phil Hughes during a training session in 2009. Hughes has managed 25 runs in four innings at an average of 6.25 in the first two Tests against India © Getty Images

Perth: Mar 6, 2013

Former cricketer Justin Langer on Wednesday defended the young Australian batsmen after their flop show in the first two Tests, saying India is the hardest place on earth to win for any opponent.

Langer, who was associated with the Australian side till November 2012 as the batting coach, said the conditions are alien to most of the batsmen who are touring India for the first time.

Langer wrote on his Facebook page, “Criticism is coming thick and fast for the Australian cricket team after their disappointing showing in the first two Tests. Putting things into perspective India is the hardest place on earth for any opponent to win.”

“When Australia won there for the first time in 35 years during the 2004 tour it was without doubt the Mount Everest moment of my cricket career,” Langer expressed.

“It is tough for the batsmen because the spinning conditions are so foreign to what we are used to, and it is a nightmare for our spinners because the Indians are the most nimble, spin bullies in the world. It is always disappointing to lose but the young Aussies will be learning great lessons from the experience,” he added.

Australia’s consecutive losses in the four-match Test series has given flame to the talks regarding the upcoming Ashes series, as former England captain Michael Vaughan said the Aussies are no match.

“As for the Ashes, I had to laugh this morning when I heard a few of the gibes coming from our English friends. The hype and fun and games has started already,” he said (sic).

“I can’t wait for the series to start because some of the rubbish we are going to listen to over the next few months is going to be breathtaking, dramatic and frankly all part of the theatre of an Ashes campaign. It’s a bit like an election year really. The only thing that will matter is the end result and that is a long way away,”   he concluded.